A man Kingston police arrested Friday on charges he robbed a branch of Honesdale National Bank spent time in state prison for swiping a woman’s purse and drug trafficking offenses.
Kenneth Charles Delicati Jr., 34, of Church Street, Kingston, was paroled from state prison on Feb. 28, 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Delicati served one year of a 20-month sentence imposed by Luzerne County President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. on Feb. 9, 2010, on a list of theft and drug trafficking offenses, according to court records.
Kingston police arrested Delicati on charges he robbed the Honesdale National Bank branch on Wyoming Avenue on Thursday. A canine tracked a scent from a discarded sweatshirt to Delicati’s residence on Church Street.
Police allege Delicati, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank and passed a napkin with a note written on it to a teller. It read, “Give me your 5s, 10s and 1s. I’m in a hurry,” according to the criminal complaint.
A teller surrendered the cash to the suspect who left the bank with the napkin. Police said surveillance cameras recorded the suspect running across Wyoming Avenue onto East Bennett Street, where the hooded sweatshirt was found on the ground, the complaint says.
Kingston’s police dog, Onyx, tracked the scent on several streets to Delicati’s residence, where police said they received a call about a man in the house who wanted to harm himself, according to the complaint.
Police said they recovered the napkin used during the robbery inside the residence.
Delicati was charged with robbery and theft. He remained jailed Monday at the county prison for lack of $50,000 bail.
Court records list Delicati’s prior convictions:
• Feb. 25, 2009: Kingston police charged him with selling heroin near Wyoming Avenue and Market Street. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
• Feb. 17, 2009: Wilkes-Barre Township police charged him with stealing 13 video games from Target. He pleaded guilty to retail theft.
• Jan. 18, 2009: Wilkes-Barre Township police charged Delicati with stealing a purse from a shopping cart inside Wegmans Food Market. He pleaded guilty to theft.
• November 2008: Salem Township police charged him with entering a residence three times and stealing items he later sold at a pawn shop for cash to buy heroin. He pleaded guilty to theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.
A preliminary hearing on the latest charges is scheduled on April 23 before District Judge Paul Roberts.